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There’s a 250-Year Wait for the Economic Gender Gap to Close

  • WEF says it will take 257 years to close, up from 202 in 2018
  • Parity including politics, education is still a century away
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If you’re a woman wondering how long you’ll have to wait for the same economic opportunities as your male counterparts, the answer could be more than two and half centuries, according to the World Economic Forum.

The economic gender gap will take 257 years to close, the WEF said, even more than the 202 years it predicted in 2018. Technological change is having a disproportionate effect, with women more highly represented in roles hit hardest by automation such as retail. What’s more, not enough are entering professions where wage growth is fastest, the forum said.